Relationships make me grateful. Gratitude is best manifested in my relationships as a non-negotiable quality, rather than a response to those relationships. Responding with gratitude means waiting for a student to do something extraordinary and then reacting to it. Gratitude as a relational quality frees me to affirm students any time—based on who they are, not on what they’ve done.
Alex experienced this kind of relational gratitude when I told him how much I appreciate who he is. “What did I do?” he wondered. He didn’t have to do anything; I just appreciate who he is.
Spread the thankfulness by sharing this fun meme with your youth ministry by clicking the “Tweet” button below the image. Encourage them to share it as well. We can feel the gratitude growing already!